Senate approves resolution apologizing for slavery
The nonbinding resolution sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is similar to a House resolution adopted last year that acknowledged the wrongs of slavery but offered no reparations. The House will have to vote on the issue again because the composition of that chamber changed after last November's elections.
Several states have passed similar resolutions, but the House resolution was the first time a branch of the federal government did so.
Some members of the African-American community have called on lawmakers to give cash payments or other financial benefits to descendants of slaves as compensation for the suffering caused by slavery.
Apologies for the Crimes of History
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Vernon Clayson - 6/20/2009
No one alive today suffered or profited from slavery, no one alive today actually knew someone that was a slave or slave owner. If the last slave was one year old when emancipated, at least four or five generations have passed, it's time to let this subject die.
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